Our Mission & History

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The mission of Rowan County Literacy Council is to provide literacy instruction to individuals regardless of means or ability to pay, to improve the quality of life for individuals and to advocate for literacy awareness.

We work with the vision that one day all people in our community will be literate.

Catherine Bernhardt Safrit founded the Literacy Council in 1976 after retiring from her job as a junior high school teacher. At the time there were only 26 literacy councils in North Carolina and nearly 1 million adults with little or no reading skills. RCLC began with a group of 20 volunteers at St. Paul's Lutheran Church before relocating to the Rowan Public Library in the early 2000's.